Earlier this week, we asked you to take action to
defeat an amendment to the Senate economic stimulus bill that
would have added up to $50 billion for a massive highway system
expansion, increasing sprawl and traffic congestion.
amendment is still pending, but thanks to your support, it is now
much less likely to pass.
right now, the Senate is considering an even more sinister
amendment offered by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).
amendement would essentially waive America's core
environmental law, the National Environmental Protection Act
(NEPA), for all projects funded by the economic stimulus.
Take action now to help defeat
the Barrasso amendment.
is the 1970 law signed by President Nixon that ensures that
individuals and communities that may be harmed by major federal
actions have advance notice of the project, an opportunity to
comment, and information about the impacts of the proposed project
and alternatives to it.
NEPA, state highway agencies, utilities, and other authorities
routinely destroyed people's houses, farms, parks, and communities
with little advance warning to build new roads, dams, and power
urgently need your help to flood the Senate with actions opposing
could come any time, so please act
you take action online, please call the Capitol Hill switchboard
to ask to speak with you Senators: (202) 224-3121.
are some talking points:
Senator Barrasso's amendment would require
stimulus-funded projects that do not have environmental reviews
completed within 270 days of enactment be automatically
considered to have "no significant impact" and exempt from any
additional review process.
This amendment would not expedite, but waive the NEPA
review process, especially for the largest and most destructive
Allowing projects to proceed without considering the
potential impacts of those actions could lead to a host of
unforeseen and irreversible consequences to public health,
energy independence, and environmental sustainability.
Senator Barrasso's amendment would severely curtail
the ability of citizens to get involved with projects that could
significantly affect their communities.
There are many shovel-ready projects with all
necessary state and federal environmental reviews in hand than
are funded in this bill, so a waiver of such reviews, including
NEPA, is unnecessary.
need to do everything we can to protect America's bedrock
environmental standards by defeating this disastrous
you for your activism and support,